Luke Doucet and the White Falcon play the Horseshoe Saturday (March 29). $12.50. 416-598-4753.
What Toronto restaurant do you like to eat at before a show?
Bo De Duyen has amazing inexpensive faux meat dishes. The Vietnamese-style sweet-and-sour soup is a favourite.
What club do you like to go to after a show?
The Dakota Tavern has the best vibe in town, and the music is great seven days a week. Nice people, good food and the kitchen is open late, too. That’s what it takes to get hipsters to enjoy blues and country music. (Ssshhh… don’t tell them that’s what they’re enjoying; they’ll leave.)
Who’s your favourite Toronto artist?
Martin Tielli embodies everything that is good about Toronto art, if such a thing exists. He’s multidisciplinary (as arresting a visual artist as he is a musician), technically ambitious (his guitar playing is very inspiring), but never at the expense of the emotional content.
What do you love most about Toronto?
All the things that people outside of Toronto claim to hate: the people are not unfriendly but, rather, busy, driven, inspired, motivated. With such a huge arts community and so many immigrants trying to build new lives, Toronto can’t help but feel like a city that’s always rushing. I thrive on that energy.
What do you hate about the city?
Toronto is dirty. The lakeshore (and the lack of access to it) is a travesty. We need more green space. There should be car-free areas downtown, if not always then at least on weekends. Imagine Queen West as a pedestrian corridor.
What’s your favourite neighbourhood?
Days off are spent in my current ’hood, St. Clair West, running the stairs of Casa Loma, getting my bike fixed at L&J Cycle, maybe having a beer at my local, the Gem.
What was the best day you’ve ever had in Toronto?
Today is the best day I’ve ever had in Toronto. Because I’m moving to Hamilton. Sniff, sniff.